"TESOL Press is currently accepting responses to calls as well as unsolicited manuscripts. More information and the proposal form can be found by clicking on the Read & Publish tab on the TESOL webpage and then clicking on Information for Authors."
Farrell, Louis. (2015.06.23). 5 Useful Tips for International Students With Dependents in the U.S. Retrieved from http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/international-student-counsel/2015/06/23/5-useful-tips-for-international-students-with-dependents-in-the-us
"Not only inside the university but after graduating when it comes to career options[,] the knowledge and fluency of English can be very helpful. Every professional job needs a good usage of English. To engage in international trade activities, to develop technical skills required in modern industries and for many other opportunities in developing the personal career, need the usage of English" (¶13, 2015.08.19).
Taiwan's Consumers' Foundation has called on local universities to take responsibility for improving English-language skills among their students, in view of the fact that a certain standard of English proficiency is a prerequisite to obtaining a degree.
The foundation urged the country's universities to help improve their students English proficiency by offering more training so that the students would not need to spend a fortune taking English classes at cram schools.
While many of the words and concepts of systems theory are new, systems thinking is not. Systems thinking is a way of looking at the world ecologically and holistically, where one focuses on patterns, connections and processes, and how seemingly separate things form coherent wholes.
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Rajaendram and Khor (2015) quoted an open letter from "a group of prominent Malaysian" that embraced integrative motivation for developing English proficiency: "'[I]f we aspire to be more proficient in the language, we are only trying to be better citizens of the world'" (¶4). What a breathe of fresh air among all the integrative motives that articles like this one often highlight!
Rajaendram, Rebecca, & Khor, Ann-Marie. (2015, August 9). Speaking the global language. The Star Online, Education section. Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2015/08/09/Speaking-the-global-language/
"An academic or scientific abstract should briefly and comprehensively summarise the contents of the paper it precedes. It should not contain information that is not present in the article and it should report, not evaluate, what can be found in the paper" (Abstract, ¶1, 2015.07.11).
"Education Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad said the future generations need to be equal or better in their English proficiency to compete in the rapidly changing globalised world" (Achariam, 2015).
Achariam, Timothy. (2015, August 6). Raising proficiency in English pivotal to next gen's future. The Sun Daily [Kuala Lumpur]. Retrieved from http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1512360
Tetzner suggested, "It is always best to choose a refereed or peer-reviewed journal because this means that the research articles published by that journal have been evaluated by scholars and researchers who specialise in the subject area" (¶2), and recommended, "Ulrich’s Periodical Directory, online access to which can be gained through most university libraries, … to determine whether a journal is peer reviewed" (¶2).
MOOCs can be an opportunity to empower faculty to explore, create, and express themselves in new ways through open and digital education. To do this requires establishing the proper institutional context, one that allows for experimentation and grassroots, faculty-led initiatives to flourish. We have argued in this article that a focus on soft infrastructure — the resources, values, and affirmations that support faculty agency in experimenting with digital learning — has helped us create this context
This page provides an overview of the Abe Fellowship Program, its purpose and research agenda: "The Abe Fellowship Program Committee seeks applications for research explicitly focused on policy-relevant and contemporary issues with a comparative or transnational perspective that draw the study of the United States and Japan into wider disciplinary or theoretical debates" (Policy-Relevant, Contemporary, and Comparative or Transnational Research, ¶2) from eligible candidates every year by September 1st.
"Title: Persuasive letter about persuasive letters
Description: A letter which attempts to persuade the reader to write their own persuasive letter, and which highlights some of the main points to include.
Category: Primary English/Literacy > Non-fiction"
In Choong Sin Woon's first official speech as Deputy Education Minister, he intimated that Malaysia's once competitive business advantage "is now being threatened" by diminishing English proficiency of people in the region (The Star Online, 2015, ¶7).
Rajaendram, Rebecca. (2015, August 2). Master language to stay competitive, says deputy minister. The Star Online. Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/08/02/Chong-Embrace-English-Master-language-to-stay-competitive-says-deputy-minister/
Comforto (2015) explained how to identify open educational resources (OERs), listed a handful of places to start looking for them, and provided micro reviews of repositories for literature, math and science OERs, as well as videos, courses and textbooks. She included suggestions for appropriate use and re-use of OERs, and invited comments pointing out similar repositories or resources.
Comforto, Nicole. (2015, July 30). The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/guide-open-educational-resources/
In this blog post, Conti reiterated inadequacies in methods from previous posts about teaching listening to secondary-level additional (modern) language learners in the UK. He then outlined skills and conditions necessary for successful listening comprehension. As he enumerated practical implications of those skills for learning and teaching activities, he provided illustrative sequences of tasks that teachers could set for learners to help them develop their listening comprehension.
"As a classroom practice, deep listening requires that students witness their thoughts and emotions while maintaining focused attention on what they are hearing. It trains them to pay full attention to the sound of the words, while abandoning such habits as planning their next statement or interrupting the speaker. It is attentive rather than reactive listening. Such listening not only increases retention of material but encourages insight and the making of meaning.
The nature of work today is inherently team-based and collaborative, often virtual, and geographically distant. Companies are seeking creative, collaborative employees who have an exploratory mindset. Employers seek graduates who can be more immediately productive in today's fast-paced economy.
Active learning, an instructional model that focuses the responsibility of learning on learners, fits the flipped classroom perfectly. Students work in teams to solve problems that are often multidisciplinary in nature, using techniques that are technology-rich. Active learning classrooms are generally characterized by furniture and technology settings that foster small-group collaboration, a rich-media working environment, and the ability to easily reconfigure within the class period.
The ability to rearrange furniture and technology quickly and easily will be highly desirable. Some project activities will need nothing more than comfortable furniture, food, and caffeine. Others will require sophisticated computational analysis and the ability to do rapid prototyping.
Acoustics will be a concern and will need to accommodate a wide range of activities. It seems likely that such space will support more than one team or activity simultaneously. That will be a highly desirable trait, fostering serendipitous discovery and innovation.
The ability to quickly and easily capture the group's activities and progress will also be desirable. An emerging class of powerful and effective collaboration tools enables project teams to save and store project elements, resources, concepts, plans, designs, models, and renderings—in short, all the "stuff" that a team might find or make.
"Maintain eye contact for 60% of a conversation
The key to eye contact is balance. While it’s important to maintain eye contact, doing so 100% of the time is perceived as aggressive and creepy. At the same time, if you only maintain eye contact for a small portion of the conversation, you’ll come across as disinterested, shy, or embarrassed. Maintaining eye contact for roughly 60% of a conversation comes across as interested, friendly, and trustworthy."
"An important area that digital natives have been unable to manage effectively is their own personal learning. There are 3 very specific habits that new learners bring with them into the E-Learning environment that need to be "un-learned" so effective "re-learning" can take place" (¶5, retrieved 2015.06.26).
"This is the pre-publication version of the article which will be published in volume 8, no, 2 of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. / To reference this paper:
Saunders MNK and Rojon C (2015) Dealing with reviewers’ comments in the publication process. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. DOI:
10.1080/17521882.2015.104746" (deck, 2015.06.18).
"Besides seeing projects as complex in space, the prolific also see them as complex in time. While novice writers see writing as "just writing," the prolific see it as a process consisting of these or similar stages:
1. Conceptualization (a.k.a. note-taking or "noodling around")
2. Planning and outlining (a little more structured than above)
4. First Draft
6. Final Draft
8. Cash the Check (for freelance and other writers who get paid)"
(Tales of Space and Time, ¶1).
"The journey of information from scientific journal through the various layers of public reception was characterised by the evolution of increasingly diversified, personalised and politicised meaning" (Discussion: How do science, gender and media intersect in contemporary society, ¶1, 2015.06.09).
"Scrutiny of the evidence-base for many claims of sex difference produces plentiful examples of methodological weakness and interpretative bias. In particular, neuroscientific studies of sex difference routinely presume a simplistic gender binary in research design and interpretation; ignore large within-sex variation in favour of emphasising small differences between the sexes; and privilege determinist biogenetic explanations for brain differences over the equally plausible explanation that plastic brains are shaped by systematically different sociocultural experience" (¶2, 2015.06.09).
"Metacognition (or thinking about thinking) is the secret to and driving force behind all effective learning. If you want your students to learn as much as possible, then you want to maximize the amount of metacognition they're doing. It's a pretty simple equation.
The only problem is that most classrooms are set up to promote metacognition in the teachers, not the students."
"Washback becomes negative when learners spend so much time preparing for exams that they do not develop the actual skills and abilities those tests are meant to measure, thereby calling into question the very validity (and wisdom) of the tests themselves."
"The psychology dictionary contains an A to Z listing of psychological terms with definitions and examples. Terms included in the psychology dictionary cover every subject and sub-field of psychology, from research methods to child development. New terms are added regularly." (2015.05.19)
pab teaches people, and learns from and with them. He strives to enhance their computer skills and cultural appreciation, as well as their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; he also strives to promote both learners' and teachers' personal and professional development.